Hemp Matter – Biomaterials
How can we further harness the material potential of hemp?
Hemp Matter, an investigation into making biomaterials from CBD industry waste, culminated itself in the product ‘Repot’. ‘Repot’ is a series of planters; from seed starter pots to larger scale planters, that are made from CBD industry stalk and spent flower waste. The material is 100% natural and completely biodegradable, making it so each pot can be planted into the next.
After many iterations, the final material recipe is able to be slipcasted allowing for scaled production of the biomaterial pots. The material is able to capture fine details, is water resistant, and ranges in flexibility.
‘Repot’ uses a thin sheet material recipe to form the planters, but this conclusion was only reached after hundreds of material combinations were created with hemp and bioplastic. The combinations ranged from hard panels to flexible sheets using a range of hemp stalk qualities, from fine/medium/large hurd to pulp. The different materials were casted, extruded, and slipcasted giving different results in both form and material quality.